US boycotts UN human rights conference with drone resolution looming

Pakistani leaders hope to convince the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a resolution that would force US drone strikes to adhere to international law – a request that inspired the US to boycott the talks altogether. The resolution urges that all “states” using drones should ensure that they are complying “with their obligations…

Drones: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released two separate new reports on civilian deaths in US drone strikes. Amnesty‘s report examines 45 strikes in North Waziristan in northwestern Pakistan between January 2012 and August 2013, and HRW‘s examines six examples of targeted killing in Yemen. “The drones are like the angels of death,” says Nazeer Gul,…

The Onboard Drone Footage the British Air Force Doesn’t Want You to See

Onboard footage of an RAF drone unleashing hell on Taliban Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=016_1387361923#VTA1YrEdmfpFIGIR.99Onboard footage of an RAF drone unleashing hell on Taliban Onboard footage of an RAF drone unleashing hell on Taliban RAF Pilot Unleashes Hell on Taliban From The Comfort in Lincolnshire First Glimpse Inside Drone HQSitting before a bank of flickering computer…

Naval Directed-Energy Weapons — No Longer A Future Weapon Concept

Directed–energy weapon (DEW) technologies typically take the form of HIGH ENERGY LASER (HELs), High-Power Microwave Surface (HPMs), and charged-particle beams. This article focuses on the first two technology areas, as they have reached the point of being ready for operational testing and evaluation, and in some cases, operational use on the battlefield. DEWs have been…

The FAA Advise the Public of a meeting of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee on DRONES

Notice of Aviation Rule-making: Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) If you have an opinion on the future commercial use of small unmanned aircraft (drones) in the USA you can make your point on the December 19, 2013, but you must register before the 12th of December.  It should be noted that the committee has not made this…

Lasers As Weapons

The U.S. military’s research program on laser weapons continues to make strides in demonstrating the potential of directed energy to defend against missiles, artillery shells, and other explosives at the speed of light. Laser weapons have been used in test firings from the ground to successfully shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and to destroy…

Raytheon’s Ship-Mounted Laser Weapon Incinerates a UAV in Flight

Raytheon revealed its next-gen directed energy weapon at the Farnborough Air Show, releasing video showing its Laser Weapons System (LaWS) — a six-laser weapon that focuses on a single target — engaging and then destroying an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) from the deck of a Navy vessel at sea. The tests conducted show the LaWS…